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the scoretable

Just like referees, there are many reasons why people might become a scoretable official.  Most scoretable officials are fans of the game who enjoy being involved at the local level. They become scoretable officials to support basketball and the teams they love.

Being a scoretable official does not require the same level of fitness and mobility that is needed to be a referee so scoretable can be a great way to stay connected to the game.

Score Bench

Positions and Duties


Ensure the smooth operation on the score bench and communicates with the referees.


Completes the scoresheet.

Assistant Scorer

This position is not always required but when present will assist with operating the scoreboard.


Operate the game clock and in most situations also operate the scoreboard.

24-second shot clock operator

Operate the shot clock by stopping and resetting according to the rules.

In high-level basketball teams have a maximum of 24 seconds to attempt a shot once they obtain possession of the ball.  If they miss a shot but are able to rebound (catch) the ball they are given another 14 seconds to attempt a shot.  This 24 or 14-second count is displayed on a separate display to the scoreboard, which is operated by the “shot clock” operator.  In most games at a community level, a shot clock is not used.

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Scoretable official advancement courses

Plot your way from officiating local games to getting accreditation by Basketball Australia’s National Technical Officials Commission.

Level 1 Accreditation

To receive your Level 1 qualification, you must successfully complete a half day course and exam. Officials are also evaluated in each of the score-table roles during a game. When the official has been successfully evaluated in each role twice, they can nominate to qualify for Level 2 accreditation.

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Level 2 Accreditation

A Level 2 Official has built upon their knowledge and experience and is qualified to work in all positions (including Chair). To obtain a Level 2 qualification, you must successfully attend a one-day course and exam. Officials also need to be evaluated in each of the scoretable roles on two occasions before considered for a Level 2 qualification.

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National Pathway

At this level, a scoretable official is taking on serious responsibilities: QSL & NBL1 finals, NBL & WNBL Competitions, National Championships and International tournaments.

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Level 3 Accreditation

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Level 4 Accreditation

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A Basketball Statistician is a game official who is responsible for recording all actions for both teams during a game.

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